Education

2017-present | North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • M.S. Atmospheric Science (concentration in Air Quality)

2012-2016 | University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC

  • B.S. Meteorology (concentration in Weather Forecasting), Minor in Mathematics

 

Research & Work Experience

May 2017-August 2017 | Meteorology Assistant, North Carolina Division of Air Quality, Raleigh, NC

  • Shadow a current employee and learn how to write and produce air quality forecast, then be placed into the forecasting rotation and be responsible for the air quality forecast during that day
  • Address various data requests from outside agencies and fill them in a timely manner
  • Ensure that the website is updated and has accurate and current statistics daily
  • Conduct an independent research project on a topic of my choosing throughout the internship period

August 2016-December 2016 | Data Analyst, Advanced Auto Parts, Raleigh, NC

  • Compile and sort large data sets
  • Work with Excel, SPSS and code in SQL to present the data
  • Communicate with vendors in order to insure correct data

May 2015-August 2015 | REU Summer Intern, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

  • Design various CM1 model runs, varying the mountain height and half-width to understand the storms sensitivity to these variables
  • Manipulate FORTRAN code within CM1 in order to change various parameters and understand how the storm is affected by these parameters
  • Incorporate an experiment done by my colleague with my own in order to compare the orographic and thermal forcings on MCS development to expand the results
  • Analyze data and create a Python code in order to visual the results
  • Produced an individual and unpublished work titled “The Impact of Mountain Aspect Ratio on Orographic Precipitation in a Conditionally Unstable Flow and Comparison of Orographic and Thermal Forcings”

January 2013-May 2016 | Sounding Based Experiment on Mixed Precipitation Events (SEMPE), University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC

  • Provide insight on potential mountain forced phenomena that can improve the diagnosis and prediction of winter weather events whose societal impacts are enhanced by the presence of mountains
  • Learned how to prepare and launch a weather balloon including the rawinsonde
  • Train others on how to prepare and launch a weather balloon including the rawinsonde

 

Conference Presentations

3. Baker, J. & Wiegand, R. (2016). Orographic and Thermodynamic Forcings and the Effect on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs). Presented at the 96th Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting, New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

2. Baker, J. & Wiegand, R. (2015). Comparing the effects of Orographic and Thermodynamic Forcings on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs). Presented at the North Carolina A&T State REU Research Symposium, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC.

1. Baker, J. & Wiegand, R. (2015). Comparing the effects of Orographic and Thermodynamic Forcings on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs). Presented at University of North Carolina at Greensboro Joint REU Symposium. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

 

Awards & Honors

Fall 2012 | Dean’s List (1 Semester), University of North Carolina at Asheville
February 2012-present | Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

 

Professional Affiliations

September 2013-May 2016 | WxChallenge, Member
May 2015-August 2015 | Daily Weather Briefings (NC A&T State University), Member
August 2012-May 2016 | UNCA Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Member
October 2013-present | American Meteorological Society, Member
August 2012-May 2013 | UNCA Chapter of She’s The First, Member

 

Research Skills

Languages: Python, FORTRAN, Java, Structured Query Language (SQL), R
Simulation Software: CM1, WRF
Platforms: Windows 7/8/10
Data Visualization: GrADS, GARP, GIS
Tools: Microsoft Office, SPSS